Princesses and happily ever after stories are nice, but it seems that as children age they are more attracted to the dark side of fairy tales. This fascination is not something new that we can pin on violent video games and things they have heard on the news, but rather it can be traced back to 1812, when Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm published a collection of folk stories called Children’s and Household Tales (aka. Grimm’s Fairy Tales). Although these stories were deemed too horrific for children (due to its violent nature and sexual content), the appeal for a fairy tale with both good and EVIL still prevails! Disney may have remastered them to include the good guy always winning, but someone has to cheer for the bad guy!
Are your Children Ready for Lemony Snicket ’s A Series of Unfortunate Events?
We often wonder when our children are ready to take the plunge from soft, warm cartoons to the dark side of the movie industry. Although they may not be ready for gruesome shows such as the Walking Dead, or the sexual content of How I Met Your Mother and That ’70s Show, they may be ready for the irony and unhappy endings that the Lemony Snicket series offers.
The author of the books, Daniel Handler says there is a simple test to see if your children would enjoy the Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events:
“If there was a small child here who said, ‘Can I have one of those cookies?’, I might say, ‘One of those cookies is poisoned. We have no idea which one.”
There are two responses we expect to receive 1) the child is alarmed which suggests they should continue watching Disney films or 2) the child who is intrigued by the concept and would enjoy the bittersweet adventures of the tragically orphaned Baudelaire siblings and their travails with venal uncle Count Olaf!
For the later, Netflix has reinventing family TV with shows like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, premiering January 13. The show serves up dark comedy that your big kids are probably ready for, whether you realize it or not.
Take a look at some behind-the-scenes footage from the Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.